She Runs 1/2 Marathon Recap

February 24, 2013

I was practically naked compared to everyone at the race yesterday but my body temperature raises 20 degrees within 5 strides of a race so I tend to stick to shorts and a tank no matter what the temperature is.  I am crazy.

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The race started at 9 which was perfect because I had more than enough time to get Brooke ready, eat and drive the ten minutes to the course.   As we were driving to the course I forgot my headphones (I simply CANNOT run fast without music) and so we went back to the hotel and still made it to the race in plenty of time.  I also forgot my sunglasses which is another thing I must run with and Elizabeth gave me hers to use for the race… now that is friendship.

The first four miles of the course were uphill which was hard mentally and physically because my legs started feeling really fatigued within the first 20 minutes of the race and that caused my brain to think silly thoughts like wanting to lay in the gutter and call my mom and Brooke to come pick me up and go get apple pies.  Somehow I pushed those thoughts out and I think the scenery had a big part to do with that.

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I am proud to say that I fueled like a champ.  I always struggle with keeping on top of my fuel intake during a race because my stomach does not feel like eating but yesterday I started fueling at about mile 4.5 because those hills took so much energy out of me that I wanted to make sure that I didn’t let my energy get too low and so I wouldn’t bonk.  It definitely helped. I used THESE gels and also shot blocks.  I do need to drink more water next time… I probably took in about 2 ounces of water total, oops.  

For the first couple of miles Elizabeth and I ran next to each other and then we kept switching off back and forth in leading.

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And then this monstrosity set of hills came up and she took the lead by about 25 seconds for the remainder of the race.  Girlfriend eats hills for breakfast.  

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The course was ridiculously beautiful. I cannot say enough good things about how amazing the scenery was and how organized the course was.  

I was MORE than happy to cross the finish line…. training at sea level and racing at 3,000 feet above sea level was an interesting feeling.  I am also REALLY motivated to do a trillion more hills each week because I have a lot of work to do in that area but the crazy thing is I am excited to really challenge myself and see what I can do.  We climbed almost 1200 feet throughout the course which is 500 more feet than I did at my trail race last month.    

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She took first overall and I came in second!! Awesome huggingfest at the end of the race.  We both really wanted a sub 1:30 but at the finish we both were just happy with how we really pushed ourselves!

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The bear next to us was tired and taking a nap.

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And now for lots of pictures of some of the awesome friends that were made at the retreat!

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The directors of She Runs.  They are my life heroes.  As you can tell I really hate not wearing sunglasses.  This was only the second year of the race and it was absolutely flawless which is crazy because it takes a lot of trial and error to put on a good race but they nailed it.  

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And the awards ceremony.  I got a Jet Flow hydration pack which is something I have really been wanting for trail running and a gift card for a running store.    PS I really loved my PRO Compression short socks.  

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You know how during a race you promise yourself that you will never put your body through so much pain again and then 42 seconds after the finish line you are already thinking of what races you want to sign up for next?  Yeah, that definitely happened to me yesterday.  I am really excited to train hard!

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Do you usually overdress (wear too much and end up getting hot) or underdress (people think you are going to freeze to death because it is really cold and you are wearing shorts and a tank) for your runs/races?

-Under and people always think I am crazy.

Ever ran a race with a friend or family member?  Part of a race or the whole thing?

Question of the day:  Would you rather run up a short and steep hill or a long gradual hill (both hills climb the same amount of feet) in a race or run?

Nelly February 24, 2013 at 5:08 am

get it mama! Both of you girls are awesome running mamas!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl February 24, 2013 at 5:11 am

Hills kill me and that’s definitely an area that I need more work in too! Second place….you rock, Janae!!

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Sarah @pickyrunner February 24, 2013 at 5:11 am

For xc and track my coach won’t let us wear anything under out booty shorts and tank even when it’s snowing but I’d never do that by choice! Toureabeast girl! I practically die every time I do a hill. I don’t know how you and Elizabeth run so fast!!! Congrats though it seems like such a fun time!

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Heidi @ Idlehide February 24, 2013 at 5:12 am

My two cousins and I ran a 5km together last year. It was a fun run, but I think I like the challenge of pushing myself. You did amazing in this race!! Congrats!

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TorontoRunner February 24, 2013 at 5:16 am

I had been waiting for this!!
You BOTH are phenomenal. Wow. You should be so proud of yourself!!

Congrats girl!! Rest up and have a faaaab day!

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Alicia February 24, 2013 at 5:16 am

Congrats on an awesome race! It looks like it was a wonderful weekend!

I am always “under dressed”… but for me it is just right! Standing at the start line, I may be cold, but usually about 60 seconds into the race I’m glad I dressed as I did! I can’t stand be hot during a race.

I haven’t ran a race with a friend since probably middle school. This year I will be 34 weeks prego at one of the 5Ks I signed up for… so I convinced my hubby that this year he’d be able to keep up with me. So we are doing that one together :)

Oh and I would much rather run up a short and steep hill. Let’s get this thing over with!

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Amy @ Writing While Running February 24, 2013 at 5:17 am

You go girl! What a nice friend to let you borrow her sunglasses. I love that Brooke joined you at the awards ceremony :)

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Cori @ olivetorun February 24, 2013 at 5:17 am

I absolutely HATE being cold so I’ll wear something on top if I have to at the start and then slowly strip down.

As for the hills…. gradual. I can trick my mind better with them.

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Cori @ olivetorun February 24, 2013 at 5:17 am

p.s. CONGRATS again :D

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Amanda McQueen February 24, 2013 at 5:17 am

I almost always wear shorts and a tank top for races regardless of the temperature also. If its really stupid cold I’ll wear capris with a tank top and a thin long sleeve shirt over it that I can take off during the race and tie around my waist.

I’ve run lots of races with friends and family. Most of my friends that I run with are similar in ability with me, so its not much of a stretch but when I run with my husband its a different story. I ran a Half Marathon with him once where he injured himself at mile 7, would NOT give up and walked the rest of the race. Took us 3 hours!

Aaaaand, I’m an equal opportunity hill hater, but I guess I’d pick long and gradual.

Great race! Enjoyed the re-cap!

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Brittney @teaberrytrails February 24, 2013 at 5:18 am

I think I dress for the element =) Usually not to much or too little, but usually work out ok! As for the hills, I have a gazillion right out my front door, and I def prefer short and steep as opposed to long and gradual! I want to get up them asap and I don’t care how many I have as long as my mind thinks I’m done! =) Great job on your half! It looked like it was a beautiful course!

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Wendy @ New Moms Talk February 24, 2013 at 5:23 am

The best “race with a family member” race I have witnessed was when my amazing husband ran the 2012 National Half with his “angel” / the woman I consider a sister.

It was nearly 2 years after she found him near death after being hit by a car while training for a 70.3. (Note- the driver just had a bad moment due to sunlight and trees. She, too, is amazing and a wonderful person.)

Anyhow, Kristine ran stride-for-stride with Scott. She pushed him, yelled at him, and loved him.

It was an emotional 2:23 race, and Scott was ticked! His half PR is 1:2x and full is 2:51.

Yet for a guy who had to be life flighted 23 months prior, spent 7 days in a coma, full left side paralysis for a while, TBI, etc. 2:23 with an amazing “family member” wasn’t too bad- in perspective.

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Britt February 24, 2013 at 6:59 am

I don’t think I’ve ever replied to a comment on any blog ever. But I had to say (which I’m sure you’re already well aware of) this is incredibly inspiring. I’m still trying to break a 30 min 5k (major slowpoke here) but I’ll think about this on my run today.

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Tammy February 24, 2013 at 8:09 am

Same….incredible

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Jessica R @ fromthekitchentotheroad February 24, 2013 at 5:23 am

Great job! I am getting better at hills but I would choose the long gradual hill. Steep ones really zap my energy and slow me down. I actually don’t mind races with rolling hills if there are some downhill portions as well. If its all up then that is another story!

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Jenn @ Run It My Way February 24, 2013 at 5:25 am

Way to go Janae!!!

I am a terrible overdresser. I hate being cold more than anything in the world and I always, always overdress. I ran a half marathon yesterday too and I was SO warm! I wore thermal mittens (which I had to toss at mile 3), 3 thermal longsleeve shirts, a down running vest, a tank and thermal tights. Was SO warm!! I will never learn!

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Julia B February 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

Congrats on a great race!! I love running with people I know- I ran one race with my younger sister and I’ve done several races with former teammates.

I was once told that when you get dressed to run, add about 10 degrees to the current outdoor temp and dress for that to avoid being too warm. So based on that I might appear under dressed…but it is usually just right!

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Ali Mc February 24, 2013 at 5:28 am

Great performance to both of you!!! Sounds like quite the event. It looks like a smaller race? which I LOVE! I am running a couple smaller races this year and I really hope to get fast enough to place in my age group :) Congrats on placing 2nd overall!!!!

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Laura February 24, 2013 at 5:33 am

Awesome job, Janae!!

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Ellen February 24, 2013 at 5:35 am

After my first marathon this past December, I emphatically said, NEVER AGAIN! However, they are offering me a free entry for this year … how can I say no?? ;-)

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Losing Lindy February 24, 2013 at 5:37 am

Amazing job!!

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Daphne February 24, 2013 at 5:38 am

The retreat looks like a lot of fun. Wish they had some on the east coast.

Congrats on the great race!

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Alicia February 24, 2013 at 5:45 am

Awesome job! I need to work on hills too. I love how you are accepting your award with Brooke. It’s very uplifting for other mother runners out there!

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michelle kim February 24, 2013 at 5:46 am

I ran a whole half marathon yesterday with my boyfriend’s sister (her first half ever!!!). I knew she kind of hated me at certain points, for even suggesting she sign up… and because there was a huge elevation gain, haha. At the end, she sooooo glad and felt the rush of endorphins and accomplishment.
Congrats on getting second!

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Sonia the mexigarian February 24, 2013 at 5:47 am

Wow, absolutely goregous course Janae! The retreat sounds like it was a lot a fun :) Ilol. i pretty much much bundle up beforei go run and slowly oeel off layers. i am a wuss. i cant take the cold. i have only done one race side by side with my husband and his family, and we walked it, but it was so much fn and the scenery is beautiful. Long gradual hill for sure. Get it over and done with! Though I might eat my words later. . . .

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Emma @ Culturecopia February 24, 2013 at 5:58 am

Congrats to you both!!

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Laura @ RunningJunkie123 February 24, 2013 at 5:58 am

That is such a great time! I am definitely an overdresser for a race. I cannot stand being cold. I don’t wear a tank and shorts unless it’s 75 degrees out. lol.

I run the Marine Corp Half Marathon with my twin sister every year. :-)

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Erica February 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

Awesome job!!! So proud of you.
I ran a half marathon with Chris, and my mom asked me to pace her half marathon this summer.
Give me the long gradual hill in a heartbeat.

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Danica @ It's Progression February 24, 2013 at 6:01 am

That scenery would be amazing to run through! Congrats Janae!! 2nd place is just amazing!!

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HilJo February 24, 2013 at 6:05 am

Haha you are crazy–I wish I had your motivation to train and push myself but I am the queen of excuses.

Weirdly enough, I love hills. I dont know why. Downhill–no thanks. Uphill? No problem. Biking uphills sucks, but running I love. :) I dont mind gradual uphills as long as I KNOW I am going uphill otherwise it just gets discouraging feeling so tired for no reason.

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Katie @ msfitrunner February 24, 2013 at 6:06 am

Congrats on an amazing race – you have an awesome year ahead!
I am the same as you with clothes, underdress all the way and it’s always perfect. It was 30-35 at my race yesterday and I was in a tank and skirt.
Glad you had a great time!!

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Bri February 24, 2013 at 6:08 am

Great race! So glad to hear that you & Elizabeth took 1st & 2nd! I would rather tackle a short steep hill & get it over with. I also overdress bc I’m afraid of being cold. I’m working on that…

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Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl February 24, 2013 at 6:28 am

Way to get those wheels moving up the hills mama!!! Like how the break up the monotony of a half, but they really can do a number on your energy stores an just give you that dead leg feeling. Maybe you didn’t get that sub 1:30 today, but it is in those legs and there will always be another chance and race to go after it!

I have the pro compression short socks in pink, and I really like them. They are great for racing because they are so thin.

Congrats again!

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Holly KN February 24, 2013 at 6:32 am

I’ve run races with lots of people – coachees, sis, Mom, husband. Sometimes it works, sometimes it’s a pain. [After a pretty disastrous marathon experience I swore off racing with my husband. We race the same races, but NOT together, unless it's by accident.]

I think I’d rather climb a short, steep hill…but I like them both. =)

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Tracy February 24, 2013 at 6:35 am

Amazing job on your race! I am just so ecxited for you. I apologize if this question has been asked a hundred times already, but what sunglasses do you use/recommend? I don’t run in sunglasses now, but that has got to change, and I don’t know where to start! Thanks a bunch!

Your blog is so great. Very fun to read, but still such a great informational resource!

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The Hungry Runner Girl February 24, 2013 at 6:44 am

Thank you so so much Tracy for your sweet words! Here is the link to the sunglasses I have (mine are an older model and do not have the blue lens though) I LOVE THEM with all of my heart. Oakley is definitely my favorite brand for running sunglasses:

http://www.sunglasses-shop.co.uk/oakley-women/disclosure/polished-white-oo9130-03/28294.aspx

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Tracy February 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thanks bunches!

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Jen February 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

I was looking up this model and I know you said it was an older model and it is not on Oakley’s site…I was wondering if they are sport sunglasses or if you just use them as sport and if they stay on well throughout your runs…I am looking on ebay for them if they do :)!

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The Hungry Runner Girl February 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

They are perfect for running!!! They definitely stay put… For me at least:)

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Karen February 24, 2013 at 6:36 am

I haven’t run a race yet but I have walked quite a few 5Ks and attempted a half marathon once that didn’t turn out so well. Most of these have been with my mom; she walks quite quickly, even when not racing, so it pushes me to keep up with her.

Congrats on a great race and a fantastic 2nd place! Woot!

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Karen February 24, 2013 at 6:38 am

Love the pictures of you holding Brooke. What a wonderful role model you are for your daughter and for all of us running moms!

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Jennifer V. February 24, 2013 at 6:39 am
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 24, 2013 at 6:45 am

Congrats Janae! You rocked it! Looks like it was a beautiful day!

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Andrea @ mainerunnergirl February 24, 2013 at 6:53 am

I love the picture of you and your friend at the end! Congrats!!

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Rene Hall February 24, 2013 at 6:54 am

Way to go! That course looks crazy hard and beautiful.
I would rather do short and steep than long and gradual.
I tend to underdress as well. I know I’ll be dying 10 minutes into a race so I freeze for the first mile and then my body catches up. Now I just need to figure out what to wear when I run in the Texas summer.

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Amy N. February 24, 2013 at 6:54 am

Amazing. I’m in awe of your running prowess! What a beautiful race too! Congratulations! That sub 3 is totally yours!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots February 24, 2013 at 6:55 am

congrats!! You are amazing and my running idol!!!

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Laura @ Live, Run Sparkle February 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

Wow great job yesterday!! I am so impressed! The scenery was definitely beautiful.

My boyfriend and I ran our first half-marathon together in November, and it was an awesome experience. We stayed together the whole time and finished together. Next time we might separate if we want to pace differently, but for a first half experience I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Also, for hills I’d rather do long and gradual…but preferably none at all lol.

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jan J February 24, 2013 at 7:11 am

You ran through Kayenta! A dear friend of mine lives there and my husband wants to move there. Gorgeous! But not so much in August when it was 115 blazing hot degrees like a furnace. I’ll buy a home there when I retire and be a snow bird.

Great job on your race! Amazing scenery.

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 24, 2013 at 7:12 am

Awesome job Janae!! And I prefer short steep hills, I like to power up them!

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Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles February 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

HA. My sister and I were just having this hills debate yesterday. I want short, steep. She wants slow, gradual. I have run with her and vice versa. I usually layer up and then take things off as needed.

The Kidless Kronicles

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Karen @ Runner Girl Eats February 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

Congrats! I usually overdress and am miserable .2 miles into a race. Hope you enjoy your celebrations with Brooke and your mom!

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luv what you do February 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

Congrats on an awesome race!
You look wonderful for just having finished such a quick half marathon!

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Lori February 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

Congratulations on a great race!

I usually overdress, but I’m getting better.

My brother and I just ran the Myrtle Beach Marathon together last weekend. I usually train alone, so it was nice having someone to run with!

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Carolyn February 24, 2013 at 7:30 am

Awesome! I love the hugging picture!

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Kay February 24, 2013 at 7:34 am

You are amazing!!! Just seeing those hills makes me nervous haha. Awesome job!!!

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Nikki @ run+breathe+be February 24, 2013 at 7:55 am

Awesome job, Janae! Congratulations on the award.

(I think?) I prefer short steep hills, because you can get up them and get them out of the way and then lengthen your stride. Long, gradual hills are kind of like a mild form of human torture.

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Kristen February 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

YAY!!!Way to Janae!! I love Amy– I did her Brides and Babies Bootcamp- she kicked my booty!!!

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Lindsey Britner February 24, 2013 at 8:55 am

I’m an overdresser. It can get quite cold where I live right now. I find myself sweating at the end of a run when it’s 18º out. As for hills, I hate them. I chose no hills :-)

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robyn February 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

Just amazing! You make it sound so easy.Just did the Seville Marathon today,was hoping in get 5 hours,but didn’t quite…5 hours and 3 minutes.great run though!

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Nikki February 24, 2013 at 9:56 am

You rock!! I hate running hills, they kill me. What kind of shoes are you wearing, I love them?

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The Hungry Runner Girl February 24, 2013 at 10:31 am

They are the PureFlows from Brooks and they are my absolute favorite!

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Rebecca February 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

I’m definitly an “under” dresser, even the guys in my running group think I’m crazy because I’ll be in capris and a tank and they are bundled up. I can get over being cold but being hot makes a run miserable.
I would much rather have a long gradual hill I can keep my pace up on those, steep hills kill me.

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Rebecca February 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

Oh yeah congrats on 2nd, that is so awesome!

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Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes February 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

So best weekend ever award goes to THIS WEEKEND! I am so happy we got to hang out, run, have some girl talk, eat delicious food… you know, what life is really all about ;-) Can’t wait to see you again soon and meet Billy!!! You are such a rockstar and I love you.

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Runningwithscissors February 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

Congrats to you!!!!! Amazing!
I am so fortutunate to have ran a half, two fulls and an ultra with my sister. We ran the ultra together the whole way but the others we pretty much just started together.
Give me a long hill anyday over a short steep hill.
Definitely tend to overdress! I just can’t function well starting out freezing.

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Linda February 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

I always start races with friends but we end up separating during the race. I definitely enjoy having someone to talk to and keep me going. I would love to do a race with my husband one day, but he is not very enthusiastic about running!

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Linda February 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

Congrats on 2nd place! I hope to be a rockstar like you one day!

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Lucy February 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

amazing views and congrats!! i always under-dress. i am THAT girl in shorts in 35 deg weather…

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Janeanna February 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

Congrats on such an awesome race, Janae!! You are so fast! I just ran my first half marathon yesterday and it was so much fun. Just like you said, I’m already thinking of other races to sign up for! I seriously read your blog every day for tips on training, running shoes, what to eat before a race, etc. so thanks for your help!

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Jake February 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

That’s a really good time on that course! You are definitely on track to smash 3 hours!

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Meagan February 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

Great job on a hilly course! You are an inspiration!

I always underdress and I will freeze before I start running, but then I’m usually happy with what I have on once I’m out there.

I ran an entire half marathon with a friend last year. I ended up having an awful race and I kept telling her to go on, but she stuck with me the whole way and it helped me tremendously.

I would rather run up a long gradual hill. I seem to do better on those. Short steep hills just zap my energy.

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Kaitie February 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

I ALWAYS underdress- I am a florida girl, so I tend to think temperatures under 68 degrees don’t exist. My favorite race buddy is my dad! I have run every race except my first half with him- he is a dear and slows down to turtle pace for me. Also as a florida girl I am in denial thy hills exist. Jk- I’d rather have a short steep hill- I lived on a mountain this summer and powering up those hills felt amazing.

Congrats on the race!!! That scenery is amazing – heading out that way in May and can’t wait to see it in person!

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Jen February 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

Awesome race!!! I have a 10k coming up on March 16th and I am going for 41 minutes….we’ll see! I am nervous typing it out loud :)! I have total fuel issues! I am sure I don’t take in enough but it totally upsets my stomach. On a lot of long runs I don’t have anything. On my 1st and 2nd marathon I did chomps but probably 1/2-1 pack only. My 3rd marathon I did stingers and they were okay but still not even a whole pack. Most gels are so thick but I would love to try this one!!! I looked online and it seems like I would have to get a case of it though….not sure about that either. Do you know of anywhere I can just get 1 or a few to try?
Okay I must say I live in Iowa and there are hills everywhere! Great for my training but I hate hills! It is nice though that come race time I am pretty used to them. I was surprised at the Kansas City marathon (hilly!) that the hills were not as hard as I expected. I have run 2 marathons with my husband but we don’t stay together.

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Natalie @ Twenty-Something Talk February 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I definitely under dress, I’m like you, can’t stand to warm up and have all those layers suffocating me!

I ran the cowtown half marathon this morning and stick next to a friend until mile 11 where he left me, but I only finished twenty seconds behind him so not too bad!

DEFINITELY would rather tackle and short and steep. There is nothing worse or more mentally challenging than a gradual hill that seems to go on forever with no end in sight!

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Tina@GottaRunNow February 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Great finishing time! Great scenery! I’d rather be chilly at first in my shorts. It beats burning up later!

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Stephanie@nowirun.com February 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Yay, you!
Glenn and I are hemming and hawing about whether to run our first marathon together or separately next weekend. His vision is an issue for the beginning of the race with all of the people so I know we will stick together for at least the first 2 – 3 miles.
I would rather run up a long gradual hill.

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Therese February 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

So last night I couldn’t sleep because it hurt to straighten my knee. But I figured I’ld go out today and if it hurt I’ld walk back. Guess what? No pain and a personal best 8 mile run!

I’m always cold and always wear capri’s and arm warmers no matter what. Arm warmers are my security blanket.

Hills have to be short and steep so I can attack them and be done, long and winding and I just feel slow and sluggish.

You are a champ!!!

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Amanda February 24, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I prefer short and steep with a nice downhill on the other side so I can make up the time I just lost on the hill

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Leetra@runningmylife February 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Congratulations Janae and Elizabeth on an awesome race at seriously impressive speeds!!!! I’m loving reading about your weekend!

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kendra @ http://www.kennygump.com/ February 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm

congrats to you and elizabeth. amazing times. what a beautiful place to run. i guess gradual hill for me. i always over dress.

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Kerri C. February 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Howdy! I’m new to your blog and am already a fan! I am training for my first 1/2 marathon (which will be in May) and I have a few questions for you, a seasoned veteran… What type of sunglasses do you enjoy wearing for your runs? Headphones?

I to must have music and am currently struggling with my headphones that I have. I also have a pair of super light weight sunglasses but they are not ideal as they fog up pretty easily so any information you have would be awesome!

I tend to do both, over and under dress for runs. I always must have my CW-X tight capris but aside from those I cannot seem to find a good balance for tops during the middle months where the weather looks crummy and is warm or looks nice and is coooold! I hate having bulk but find most of the time I have to tie or hook either jackets, shirts, hats, gloves or headbands to the belt on my dogs running leash. UGH!

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The Hungry Runner Girl February 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Ahhhhh so exciting about your half!!! You will have to let me know how it goes!!! I use Oakley sunglasses and jay bird bluebud x headphones! I will do a full post this week about the gear I use!

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jan February 24, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I can’t even believe how well you did given that your training is all at sea level! AMAZING. Glad you got to meet up with so many great people, too.

I’m with you on the underdressing. I cannot STAND being hot in a race so I’ll wear shorts and a tank while everyone else is in coats, and I’m even a slow runner. My husband is a fast runner and I always wear, even in training, at least one layer less than he does.

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jan February 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Also I am dying to know how you take such GREAT pictures while racing??? I can’t take a pic w/out stopping, and I’m sure you don’t do that!

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Michelle February 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Nothing beats the scenery in Southern Utah…I have family in Kanab and I love being there! Some day you’ll have to visit Kanab..alot of Old Westerns were filmed in Kanab.

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Allison Reynolds February 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Just ran a 10k today with my 7 year old son…and I thought the whole time that I am NEVER running again in my life. Haha…we are already talking about the next race!!! Lol

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Megan February 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Awesome race lady!! I always wear leggings for cold races, I hate shorts unless they are my mid thigh shorts, my thighs get really excited about racing and start clapping to cheer me on and eventually they just get super sore and red from all the clapping. They just can’t help it though, too much excitement!

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Debbie @ Deb Runs February 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Congrats to you and Elizabeth!

I’ve run bunches of marathons with my hubby. We usually start together and then he takes off (although I still hold the record for the fastest by about 40 seconds)! My goal is to run a half with my hubby and both sons!

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Adrianna February 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

get it girl!! great job!

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Shannon @ Mon Amour February 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I am the same way. I got really warm really quickly when running and then everyone stares at me like I’m crazy.

AMAZING race girl! If you can run a 1:30 half at altitude with that much elevation you are going to ROCK you full! Seriously you are awesome :)

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Rina February 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Congratulations! You inspire me and I can not wait for the snow to melt here in Canada so I can get out and running.

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Jenn @BeYOUatBeMe February 25, 2013 at 4:27 am

Congrats Speed Racer!!!!

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Kari @ Running Ricig February 25, 2013 at 4:38 am

You did an amazing job!! Congratulations.

I usually over dress, but my body temp fluctuates so much that it’s better for me to over dress then underdress.

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Cat February 25, 2013 at 5:09 am

Overdress – I can’t stand the thought of getting cold! I sometimes leave trails of clothes behind me when Ive dressed to warm. I always start a race with a friend, but never end it with them. And for hills, I pick long gradual. For some reason, a long gradual hill makes my body naturally move faster, I get satisfaction out of each step.

Congrats on your race! I ran a half here in Ottawa last weekend and let me tell you, the weather did not look like that!

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Carina February 25, 2013 at 5:35 am

Will you be able to run your marathon with headphones? I remember reading about the Milwaukee marathon a couple years ago where they disqualified the female winner b/c she’d used headphones. And I know most Texas races that would rule you out. Obviously you’re not allowed to wear headphones in races like the Olympic trials, so just wanted to make sure you’ve confirmed you’ll be okay in your race. Congrats on another awesome race!

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Heather @fitncookies February 25, 2013 at 6:09 am

Congrats!!! I usually over-dress and end up sweating. I just can’t get in a running groove when I am freezing! I have started runninga lot of races with my mom, but then I usually take off from her! I thnk I would rather run up a steep short hill! It would be over quicker!

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Rachel February 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

Congrats! That’s awesome!
And I totallly agree with that last statement!

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Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. February 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

I’ve run with my hubby and ran my first half marathon with two friends. It is a different experience.

You are such a crazy fast runner – I would be sooooo excited just to get a sub 2hr half :-)

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Kate @ So Cal Runner Gal February 25, 2013 at 8:31 am

Janae — wow!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’ve always been my inspiration but now that you’ve had a baby and are still running these times, I think I’m even MORE inspired. I didn’t think that was possible!

You are amazing!! How on earth did you run a 1:30 with that kind of elevation gain?!

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Katie @ Sweatyrunnergirl February 25, 2013 at 9:20 am

I allllways underdress- I’m a sweaty runner girl! Haha

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Whitney February 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

Again, you are AHMAZING! :)

I usually over dress for races, but I would rather be hot and take things off then be cold because then I can’t warm up. We will see what this weekend brings with the CA weather. Right now I plan to wear a tank top and shorts with a light weight long sleeve to start the race.

This retreat looked amazing! I think I want to go next year! :)

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Holly February 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

Girl, you are a ROCKSTAR! holy cow, 2nd overall?!?! Congrats my friend :D

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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

Wow! Amazing job to both of you! I’ve run a few races with friends, but ever stuck together for that much of it. As for the hills, ugh… neither. :) I need to get better at seeking out hill training, it’s so flat around us.

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Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom February 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

You are SO SO SO fast! Congratulations! You are amazing. I usually underdress (aka am half naked) because I get super hot like you said. I ran my first half marathon yesterday with my cousin, but we only started out together and I took the lead and ended up finishing about half an hour before her, but was not speedy by any means. We were at Disney world, why would you want to be speedy!? I think I’d rather run a long gradual hill because hills are always tough on me, even though I trained with them during my training for the half marathon (which helped a lot because we were told the course would be flat, and it definitely wasn’t!)

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Peachylau February 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

You did so good! I think you will do a 2h50 marathon.

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Ashley @ Running Bun February 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I am also obsessed with the Pro Compression short socks! I wear them all of the time! Congrats on the 2nd place finish!

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Emily April 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Do you usually overdress (wear too much and end up getting hot) or underdress (people think you are going to freeze to death because it is really cold and you are wearing shorts and a tank) for your runs/races?

-Like you, I usually underdress – my body gets to sauna temperatures within the first 10 minutes of running

Ever ran a race with a friend or family member? Part of a race or the whole thing?

-Always run a race with my dad, we usually end up splitting up somewhere in the middle. This past weekend, we ran about the first 200 meters together before I raced ahead and ended up beating him by 7+ minutes.

Question of the day: Would you rather run up a short and steep hill or a long gradual hill (both hills climb the same amount of feet) in a race or run?

-I’d rather run up a short and steep hill, I’m better at taking those hills and crushing them!

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